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Mishawaka Enterprise Vital Statistics Index

Found on the SBAGS website, this index is the third in a series of vital statistics indexes of the Mishawaka Enterprise and other local contemporary newspapers. The first index is a hardcover book of the same name, covering 1858-1981. The second index covers 1982-1992 and is currently under construction. The fourth index, covering 2004 to… Continue reading Mishawaka Enterprise Vital Statistics Index

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Spring Conference – Finding Family with DNA Testing

Have you had your DNA tested and are wondering “what do I do now?” Or are you considering dipping your toe into the DNA testing world? Either way, join us at our 20th Annual Spring Conference on Saturday, March 3 to get your questions answered! Richard Hill, author of   “Finding Family: My Search for Roots… Continue reading Spring Conference – Finding Family with DNA Testing

Adoption · Ancestry · Records

Finding a Birth Parent: A Joyous Christmas Story!

Story submitted by Lynne Wolfgang Hello Genealogy friends! I have had the opportunity over the years to attempt to help adoptees find their birth families. I haven’t been very successful but when my brother in law, who is adopted, came to me for help, I wanted to be successful for him.  I knew his birthday… Continue reading Finding a Birth Parent: A Joyous Christmas Story!

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Share Your Passion for Genealogy! Join Us!

Enjoy membership in the South Bend Area Genealogical Society: Award Winning Quarterly Newsletter sent to you 4 times per year Attend our Programs September – May (no program in December) Click here to see current programs scheduled! Annual Spring Conference Annual Dinner Meeting Receive assistance in your genealogical research in St. Joseph County 50% discount… Continue reading Share Your Passion for Genealogy! Join Us!

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Thomas and Alice Hutchins Drake: A Study of Mistaken Assumptions

In a box of personal pictures and mementos donated to our area Goodwill, I found two pictures of what appear to be members of the Drake family. Thomas E. Drake is a well-dressed man of middle years sitting in a nicely appointed office. The furniture and clothing seem to indicate early 1900’s. There was a… Continue reading Thomas and Alice Hutchins Drake: A Study of Mistaken Assumptions

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Treasures from the Goodwill: From Pearl to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Edd

Recently, one of the Goodwill administrative assistants entrusted the South Bend Area Genealogical Society with a box of personal items and photos that had been donated at various Goodwill sites in our area. She asked us, if possible, to find family and return what should be a valued heirloom. Well, you know that’s a challenge… Continue reading Treasures from the Goodwill: From Pearl to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Edd